Copia Gets Automated
The Copia center for food and wine and the arts in Napa has a new toy. The center has installed "wine stations" that let visitors do a tasting all by themselves. There are ten stations with four wines each. Six of them will be more educational and four will have a commercial angle. The stations operate on a debit card, the visitor purchases and the tasting and picks out the pour size. You hold your glass under the spigot, press the button and out comes your wine, just like those old coffee machines. The stations include a best of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, a best of Sonoma Pinot Noir selection, Copia's winery of the month and other stations that let you guess the grape used or taste the effect of oak. I've seen similar stations used in some wine bars but like a self-service checkout, a bit of the charm is lost with the automated approach. However, it does let those new to wine tasting experience it in a more relaxed manner. For pictures of the stations and a list of all ten check out the article in the Napa Valley Register.